Canadian Senators state that parts of euthanasia Bill C-7 are unconstitutional

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) In an article published by the CP Press on November 29, Joan Bryden interviews several Canadian Senators who believe that sections of Bill C-7, the bill to expand Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) euthanasia in Canada, are unconstitutional.  Bryden explains that in 2016, the Senate voted in …

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Canada’s Justice Minister wants to expand euthanasia to people solely with mental illness

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition An article by Brian Platt published in the National Post on November 24 reports that on Monday Canada’s Justice Minister David Lametti told the Senate’s legal and constitutional affairs committee that is studying Bill C-7, the bill to expand the euthanasia law, that he hopes that someday …

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I hate to say that we were right but Canada’s law did not prevent euthanasia for mental illness

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Parliament is currently debating Bill C-7, a bill to expand Canada’s euthanasia law. During the debate on Bill C-14 (enacted in 2016), we argued that since Bill C-14 did not define the phrase “natural death is reasonably foreseeable,” and since it did not define the term psychological …

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Dr. Leonie Herx: Without my conscience rights, I cannot be a good physician for my patients.

Editor’s note. This appeared on the blog of Alex Schadenberg and is reposted with permission. Dr. Leonie Herx is the past President of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians and chair of the division of palliative medicine at Queen’s University. I’ve been practising palliative medicine for 12 years. Very easily, conscience is made to …

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People with disabilities oppose Bill C-7 expansion of euthanasia in Canada

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Parliamentary Committee on Justice and Human Rights had its third hearing on Bill C-7, the bill to expand Canada’s euthanasia law, on November 10. Tuesday’s hearing heard testimony from several advocates and people with disabilities concerning the effect of Bill C-7 upon their community Kathleen Harris, …

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Doctors are divided on euthanasia Bill C-7

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Editor’s note. MaiD is an acronym for Medical Assistance in Dying There has been much debate and division concerning Bill C-7, the bill that would expand euthanasia in Canada. An article by Abigail Cukier, published on November 2 by the HealthcareNetwork.ca, interviews doctors in an article titled: …

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The Canadian government is proposing to expand euthanasia (MAiD) before the 5-year review of the law

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition On February 24, Canada’s federal government introduced Bill C-7. It claimed the legislation was in response to the Quebec Superior Court decision striking down the requirement in the euthanasia law that a person’s “natural death must be reasonably foreseeable” to die by MaiD [Medical Assistance in Dying]. Due …

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There have been approximately 19,000 euthanasia deaths in Canada

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post that appeared today. Reposted with permission. I estimate that there have been approximately 19,000 deaths by euthanasia and assisted suicide [Medical Assistance in Death—MAID] in Canada since legalization. Here is how I come to that number. The Ontario Office …

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Spain Bioethics Committee Unanimously rejects euthanasia

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Catholic News Agency [CNA] reported on October 13 that The Bioethics Committee of Spain–CBE [Comité de Bioética de España]–unanimously rejected the underlying principles behind the euthanasia and assisted suicide bill that is making its way through the Congress of Deputies, the lower house of the legislature.  …

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Proposed changes in reintroduced Medical Assistance in Dying proposal (MAID) are pure Madness

By Alex Schadenberg An important article by Drs. Ramona Coelho, Leonie Herx, Timothy Lau, & John F. Scott was published in the National Post on October 8. The article begins by explaining how Bill C-7 “effectively allows medical death on demand for almost anyone who wants it.” On [October 5], the federal government reintroduced Bill C-7. Under …

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The Netherlands to extend euthanasia to children

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Last week I wrote that the Netherlands government was debating expanding the euthanasia law to include children (1 – 12). The Dutchnews.nl reported that Dutch Health Minister announced that the Dutch government will amend the euthanasia law to permit child euthanasia. According to the DutchNews.nl: Health minister Hugo …

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The Netherlands debates child euthanasia and “completed life.”

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition As Ireland debates legalizing euthanasia and New Zealand citizens are posed to vote on a euthanasia referendum, the government of the Netherlands  is considering expanding their euthanasia law to include children (1 – 12 years) and people who are not sick or dying but are “tired of living” …

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